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Blues performance tonight at Athens State

ATHENS — Three blues artists are bringing their unique style of Southern blues to Athens State University today.

"Captain Luke" Mayer, "Cool John" Ferguson and Tim Duffy will perform in McCandless Hall at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10. Tickets are available at the Athens State Office of University Relations in Brown Hall or at the door.

The performance is part of th e university's observation of Black History Month.

Duffy is giving a lecture on the roots of Southern blues music. Ferguson is accompanying him. The lecture is from 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Duffy, who plays guitar, is the founder of the Music Maker Foundation, a non-profit organization helping the pioneers of Southern musical traditions gain recognition.

Ferguson has been playing the guitar since age 3. At age 5, he was playing church music professionally.

Mayer studied with Otis King, who taught him how to hold low notes and make them rise and fall. Mayer sang bass professionally in King's Gospel Quintet.

He traveled around North Carolina performing in drink houses, the social hubs of the black community.

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